Australia's own Jurassic Park - A unique find all over the world: Australian aborigines have kept a secret for years9:12 PM
"A unique find all over the world": Australian aborigines have kept a secret for years, but researchers have learned this: "...
"A unique find all over the world": Australian aborigines have kept a secret for years, but researchers have learned this: "Australia's own Jurassic Park" the researchers call the surprising discovery they have made in a remote coastal region.
Paleontologist Steve Salisbury and his team from the University of Queensland and James Cook University discovered thousands of large footprints of 21 different dinosaur species - some of which are the largest known traces of first creatures and up to 1.70 meters long.
In the 140-million-year-old rock in West Australia, the footprints of stegosaurs are also found, which have not been known to have lived in Australia today.
Salisbury speaks of a "world-wide unique find," scientists around the world are in bright excitement. The Aboriginal people there, however, knew very long from the tracks.
It was only when the coastal region was selected for a massive liquefied petroleum gas processing plant that the native inhabitants were forced to report on the spectacular location. "We wanted to let the world know what is at stake here," says the chairman of the Goolarabooloo in a statement.
They informed the paleontologist Salisbury, who then, with his team, examined the imprints. In 2011, the area was declared a National Heritage Site. Two years later, in 2013, the gas project was stopped.
The researchers were then able to investigate the traces - for 400 hours. Their results have now been published in the specialist magazine of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The tracks extend over a length of 25 kilometers.
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